Alabama fans are used to signing day being a coronation of an incredible recruiting effort. In fact that happens basically every year. However usually that coronation comes in February, not in November, and usually it is Nick Saban talking about the incoming recruits and not Avery Johnson.
Thursday proved to be a tremendous day for the Crimson Tide as they reeled in No. 9 overall prospect Collin Sexton and top 50 prospect John Petty. Petty and Sexton had been top priorities for the Tide for over a year, and all of that hard work paid off.
Now the Crimson Tide have the No. 2 overall class behind only Arizona. The group is an impressive quartet, three of which come from inside their state borders. Petty is the highest rated, but also top 60 prospect Alex Reese and three-star Herb Jones all come from Alabama, and Johnson and his staff did a tremendous job of controlling their borders.
Then they also went across the border into Georgia to land the gem of the class in Sexton.
Sexton is considered the best scorer in the country, and is someone who can take over the game from the point guard position. While Sexton isn’t a point guard in the traditional sense of getting others involved, but he is someone who plays on the ball and just flat out makes plays.
Sexton exploded onto the scene during his junior year, and hasn’t slowed down. All summer long in the EYBL and with USA Basketball he proved to be one of the elite prospects in the class.
While Johnson had a solid class in 2016, Sexton gives him a potentially program altering prospect in 2017.
Sexton alone would make for a great class, but Johnson’s other commitments assured him that he will have space to operate on the floor.
Petty is one of the truly elite shooters in the country, and then Reese is a stretch power forward with an excellent shooting touch.
When Sexton and Petty are on the floor not only do they complement each other on offense very well, but defensively each projects to be very good with a combination of size and athleticism.
Alabama hasn’t been this relevant in college basketball recruiting in a long time. Johnson and his crew have to be smiling from ear to ear with this class, and the Tide could soon be rolling on the court to complement what Saban is doing on the gridiron.